Causey joins law firm

February 17, 2011 JONESBORO — Chad Causey recently joined the Jonesboro based law firm Womack, Landis, Phelps & McNeill, P.A. A native of Jonesboro, Causey graduated from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and earned his juris doctor from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. while working full-time as the chief of staff for the First Congressional District of Arkansas. Along with then-Rep. Marion Berry, Causey worked to find thousands of hard-working Arkansans the help they deserved, a news release states.

Bethesda EHC Club News

February 17, 2011 BETHESDA — The Bethesda Extension Homemaker Club met Feb. 15 and combined the gathering with a celebration of Valentine’s Day.Twelve members and one guest answered the roll by stating their favorite season of the year. While most favored fall, spring was in a close second place. One member chose summer but no one said winter. Many expressed looking forward to the arrival of spring. Club president Corliss May welcomed members and a guest. The American Flag Pledge and Homemakers Creed were recited.

Man jailed for oaks’ poisoning

February 17, 2011 AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A 62-year-old Dadeville man has been arrested in connection with the poisoning of the historic Toomer’s Corner oak trees at Auburn University.A spokeswoman for the Lee County Sheriff Office says Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr. was arrested early today and charged with one count of first-degree criminal mischief.Bond was set at $50,000. If convicted, Updyke could face one to 10 years in prison.

Pesticide training class set

February 17, 2011 The next Farm Pesticide Applicator training meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24, at the Independence County Extension Office, said County Extension Agent Stan Carter.“This is the class that qualifies farmers for a State Plant Board license to buy restricted pesticides,” he said. “Due to a reduction by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in funding this program, Extension will have to charge $10 at the door for the training.

Two face drug charges

February 17, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — Bond was set at $5,000 each and circuit court dates were issued for a Black Rock man and an Alicia woman who face drug charges, Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson said.Paul Eugene Jackson, 41, and Bennie Sue Green, 35, were charged for possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to  manufacture methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.The two were arrested Feb. 6.

Trash, recycling routes to run

February 17, 2011 Independence County offices will be closed Monday in observance of President’s Day, according to County Judge Robert Griffin.However, the regular Monday trash and recycling pickup will run in the northwest quadrant of the county as scheduled, according to Dennis Anderson of the Solid Waste Department and Terry Hastings of the Recycling Department.County offices will be open at normal business hours on Tuesday.

Free smoke detectors, fire extinguishers offered

February 17, 2011 The Batesville Fire Department is offering free smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and will install them at no charge. This service is only available to residents in the city limits.The fire department received a $2,500 grant from State Farm to buy 516 smoke detectors including batteries then bought the fire extinguishers at a fraction of the retail price through federal surplus.

Wildlife to be discussed

February 17, 2011 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park will host a free Arkansas Wildlife activity. This program will feature the unique lifestyles and behaviors of the animals that live in Arkansas, such the beaver, mink and otter. On hand will be animal furs and skulls.For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail

Lyon library seeking donations

February 17, 2011 Lyon College’s Mabee-Simpson Library is planning a book sale during the Arkansas Scottish Festival, and is now accepting donations of gently used books, movies and other items.Donations are needed before April 4. The festival will be April 8-10.The library is located at 2300 Highland Road, Batesville. For more information or assistance with delivery of books, call the library front desk at (870) 307-7205 or Dean Covington at 307-7206.

Benefit account set up

February 17, 2011 HIGHLAND — A benefit account has been set up to help the Charles Hayslip Jr. family with medical and funeral expenses.Donations may be made at First National Bank of Highland, in the name of Charles Hayslip Jr. and Misty Hayslip. For more information, call Misty Hayslip at (870) 966-4881.